Red Bull Music Academy Radio Presents:
United States of Bass
736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30306
Doors 10:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Big Freedia (pronounced "FREE-da"), known as the Queen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). Performing five out of seven nights in any given week with dancers she calls The Divas, Big Freedia's show is nothing short of dazzling. She tours every city in America from New York to San Francisco and is always a favorite at festivals such as Electric Forest, Hangout Fest, FunFunFun Fest, SXSW, and Bonnaroo, among many others.
Though gay and proud, Big Freedia asserts that her (Freedia is a he but uses the feminine pronoun for her stage persona) sexuality has little to do with her music and rejects the term Sissy Bounce (the queer brand of Bounce). "All Bounce is Bounce," he insists. "There's no need to separate it out. All types of people—gay, straight, rich, poor, black, white come to my shows. People just wanna get out and shake their azzzz and have a good time!" And therein lies the beauty of Big Freedia: She can rock a pair of dangling gold earrings and light up a blunt and chop it up with the hardest rapper around. She's not a gay artist, but rather an artist who happens to be gay.
Big Freedia has gone from a local New Orleans phenomenon to a national one over the past two years. After appearing in two episodes of HBO series 'Treme' [as herself] and in 2010, she released her debut EP on Scion A/V Presents: Big Freedia, produced by NOLA producer BlaqNmilD. The EP featured notables "Excuse" and "Almost Famous; other fan-favorites include "Gin in my System" "Azz Everwhere" and "Y'all Get Back Now." Adding to her catalog, this year she released "Nah Who Mad" and "Booty Whop," and she was featured on Spank Rock's Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar LP, on the track "Nasty." This month, she was featured on "Peanut Butter" with actor Ru Paul.
This January, Freedia made her television network debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She appeared on "Last Call with Carson Daly," FADERTV, PITCHFORK TV and has been lauded in press outlets such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Fader, RollingStone.com, SPIN, OffBeat, Chicago Tribune, Columbia Spectator, Pheonix New Times, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, LA Weekly, among many other media outlets.
Always pushing artistic boundaries, this year Big Freedia went hi-tech by releasing the Big Freedia Booty Battle Video Game, which Forbes magazine covered, calling it "…everything a great game should be."
Raised on Josephine Street in uptown New Orleans, Big Freedia, born Freddie Ross, was raised by his mother, a hairdresser, and stepfather, a truck driver for Coca-Cola. When Freddie was 15, the family moved to a more upscale neighborhood in New Orleans. Freddie—along with his brother Adam and sister Crystal Ross—were immersed in music at home by their mother, who often sang along to her Gladys Knight and Patty LaBelle records around the house. But it was the Baptist church choir where a young Freddie flourished. "My mother made sure I never missed practice," recalls Freedia. It's no wonder that by the time he was 18, Freedia moved from member to director of the choir.
A product of the hip-hop generation, Freedia was rocking RUN DMC, Salt 'n Pepa and Adidas Shell Tops as a teenager. One night in 1991 he heard "Where Dey At" by MC T Tucker, (what many believe to be the first recorded Bounce track) and he was transfixed. After starting as a back-up dancer for Katey Red, the original "Sissy Bounce" rapper, Freedia knew Bounce was his calling and eventually broke out on his own.
Big Freedia is in the studio wrapping up her highly-anticipated debut LP, Da Idol and is filming episodes of a reality TV series for FUSE TV, Bounce. Finally, in the works is her DVD: Big Freedia Presents: Twerk Bounce & Pop, featuring real Bounce dance instruction from Big Freedia and some of her best and noted Divas.
Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling producer and songwriter DJ Toomp has been an urban music trump card for over two decades. He has helped create, develop and expand Atlanta's southern hip-hop sound onto the national stage. Among the impressive list of artists who have benefited from Toomp's talents are Mariah Carey, Jay Z, Kanye West, TI, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, and many others. Rolling Stone magazine named him one of the "Best Beatmakers." If DJ Toomp's past and present accomplishments are any signal of his future, the world is truly in store for more great music, hit records and innovative productions from this multifaceted musical genius.
PUMP IT, WORK IT SHAKE DAT' SUPER BOOTY!!!!!!!!
DJ Funk starts producing in the mid-90's a sound which will become the heartbeat of an entire city and will flow for more than a decade most of music shops around the world. He creates the perfect balance between Hip Hop Music and House Music, produced it all in his Chicago studio. With more than forty EP to its credit on Dance Mania, Underground Construction, Pro-Jex or Funk Records, his own label, he's known to be a major influence of many different artists such as for Daft Punk, quoted in their tribute track "Teachers" from their first album. DJ FUNK then works with many worldwide electro producers such as Justice, Basement Jaxx, and kills the charts with his mix-tapes. He becomes the biggest representative of the ghetto house scene throughout the world and smashes every continent with his hysterical sets, his exclusive selection and his unusual behavior. Back in 2012 with this three tracks EP underlining his strong will to put back Booty Music within the heart of the international club scene by his big bass drum hits and his devilishly efficient gimmicks.With Fuck Dat Ass, DJ Funk shows from the very start his large range of talents, from composing powerful beats or to chant his lyrics within the pure tradition of Hip-House from Chicago, Three Fine Hoes and its epic and explicit melody is sized to wreck any dance floors. Titties & Beer sums up Big Daddy Funk's ability to make life's pleasure ghetto house anthems within the most simple and efficient way which most biggest world's DJ's envy. With its 20th release Booty Call Records confirms its position as the Booty Bass music label of reference and it is natural for Sir Chambers, godfather of the label since 2007, to entrust those three genuine chi. The King of Booty is definitely back in the charts.
He has shared stages along the way with Daft Punk, Green Velvet, Justice, Ed Banger, Franky Bones, Funk Master Flex, Ice T, The Roots, Steve Aoki, Ken Ishi, Calvin Harris, DJ Qbert, Wu Tang Clan, Armand Van Helden, The Booty Call Crew, Boys Noize, Crookers, Grand Master Flash, Two Live Crew, African Bambaata, Dance Mania Family, and Run DMC. After recently purchasing one of the top recording studios in the Chicago area and with his remix of Justice's indie-club hit "Water's of Nazareth", a whole new generations of fans are finding out about what DJ Funk is all about.
Cherise Gary, raised in Hillside, New Jersey, is professionally known as the producer and DJ extraordinaire, UNIIQU3 (formerly known as DJ Uniique). She is one of the leading women of Jersey Club and a member of the pioneering Newark, New Jersey crew, Brick Bandits. UNIIQU3 began playing music at the age of seven. She began DJing in 2009, aged eighteen, and started producing in 2012.
TT The Artist
From sketchbooks to rhymes performer, filmmaker, creative director, community artist and designer, Tt The Artist prepares to paint the world with visual language. Through art and music, this artist creates a well-blended sound of hip hop, pop, club and electronic digital music. Tt's stories connected with her new sounding rhythm separates her from the current wave of trendy musical acts. Her vibrant, thought-provoking, party-starting, cross between singing and rap is sure to paint a new spectrum of colors to the music scene.
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Red Bull Music Academy’s travelling party series United States of Bass celebrates a love for low-end, highlighting pioneers and fresh faces alike. As part of RBMA Radio: Live from Atlanta, United States of Bass comes to Atlanta for the first time on August 20, 2016, ready to shake the city with a lineup featuring local heroes and plenty of other subwoofer savants.
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